July 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 10

September 2, 2020

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Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner!
Recorded Meeting:
Published Presentation:
New Logo for Rotary Year 2021-22

Volunteers needed!

March 10, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Curt Sharp
  • Inspiration:   Mary Begier  
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Bob Juettner

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, March 10 -- Guest Speaker is Barbara Kiernan, coordinator of a RI Project in Mexico
  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Guest Speaker is Mark Merriam -- Myanmar Update
  • Wednesday, March 17 -- Board of Director's Meeting, immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, March 24 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, March 31 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, April 7 -- Maternal and Child Health Month, Guest Speaker is Terri Lum, East Hawaii Children's Justice Center
  • Wednesday, April 14 -- Guest Speaker Past DG Win Shoneman -- Rotary Legacy
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker is Misa Sato
  • Wednesday, April 21 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, April 28 -- Guest Speaker is Curt Sharp
  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Guest Speaker is Jessica Histo, Hawaii Diaper
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, May 26 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, June 23 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 30 -- Induction of New Officers -- stay tuned for more information

Other Rotary Meetings and Invitations

Email regarding Diaper Project

District Happenings

A series of D5000 Rotary webinars is available for your viewing, either live or recorded.  You can also find ton of webinars in the Learning Center at
D5000 Webinar Recordings:
Business Assistance webinar recording:

Mark Your Calendars

District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.  The event is now 100% virtual.  Volunteers who have skills in videotaping and virtual platforms are requested.  Please contact Alan Kusunoki at

District Conference 2023

  • Will be held in Hilo.  The committee is looking for volunteers to help with the planning and a co-chair from East Hawaii.

Future Rotary International Conventions

  • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021 Rotary International has announced that the International Conference will be virtual due to the ongoing threat of the COVID virus.  Stay tuned for further news.
  • Houston: June 4-8, 2022
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
HRYF - Richard Cunningham

Other Chair Announcements

Curt Sharp -- International Service.  Curt and Chester C. attending the International Service meeting and learned about some of the international and global projects Rotary is involved in.  Applications for the global grant is due Nov. 1.  
Sharon Scheele shared that Misaki Saito and Geoli Ng have applied for membership at the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay.  Their application is being circulated with the Board of Director's.  Installation plans are for the 23rd of September.

Today's Inspiration

“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world."
            - Malala Yousafzai, Co-founder of Malala Fund
Geoli Ng - prospective member 
Misaki Saito - prospective member 
Doug Adams - Assistant Governor
Jim Becker - Rotary Club of Hilo
Michelle Flemming - YWCA of Hawaii Island Developmental Preschool
Justina Acevedo-Cross - Hawaii Community Foundation, guest speaker
Thank you so much for joining our meeting!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Director, Hawaii Community Foundation


Our Guest Speaker this week was Justin Acevedo-Cross who was a scholarship awardee through the Hawaii Community Foundation and is now their Program Director in Hilo. HCF has 72 employees across all of the Islands and last year awarded scholarships to 270 students on the Big Island.  Since the COVID 19 Pandemic began the Hawaii Resilience Fund, which is part of HCF, has been able to distribute over $12 million in grants to the community to assist with setting up testing centers, food banks, and child care centers. Justina also discussed the Promising Minds Initiative. She spoke about Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and how these early experiences can shape a child’s brain and have long term negative effects. Nearly half of Hawaii’s children have experienced some adverse events. She reminded us that our brains and bodies are resilient and we can change the outcome of early adversity with positive actions. 

Link to the meeting here:


Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Paula Uusitalo
March 1
Kevin Hopkins
March 14
Bryan Lindsey
March 23
Spouse Birthdays
Sandy Tokuuke
March 10
John Gapp
March 9
Dale Tokuuke
Sandy Tokuuke
March 11
Sharon Scheele
Al Inoue
March 14
Mary Begier-Phillips
Lyle Phillips
March 20
Arthur Taniguchi
Barbara Taniguchi
March 21
Geoli Ng
Kurt Ng
March 23
Richard Cunningham
Michelle Jodoi
March 31
Join Date
Paula Uusitalo
March 8, 2006
15 years
John Gapp
March 18, 2020
1 year
William Barnes
March 18, 2020
1 year
Tim Hansen
March 19, 2014
7 years

Happy Dollars

Gary Young - ($100) Happy for his company, Island Home Loans, as being Best of East Hawaii in Mortgage companies for the 9th year in a row, and going for 10 years being best of.

Lorraine Davis - ($10) Happy for seeing a Kolea bird in her subdivision.

Mary Begier - ($10) Happy for Deborah Beaver and Mike Carroll club anniversary.  They are great Rotarians.

Mike C. - ($10) Happy.  Thank you to Mary and also he is heading to Kona to order a 2 person kayak/outrigger.

Virginia J. - ($10) Happy that after some renovations have been completed, she is able to move back into her bedroom.  She states that she has moved from utter chaos to just chaos.

Miyuki L. - ($10) Happy for the Rotarians that have stopped by her booth at the Farmer's Market and supporting her business.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 9/9 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Jim Becker speaking on Global Telemedicine 


Inspiration by: Sharon Scheele
Pledge led by: Curt Sharp
4-Way Test: Richard Cunningham
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